At the start of the 19th century love is a game to those rich enough to play it, and Trevor Whitlatch is an undefeated champion. His first glimpse of lovely, baseborn Clarissa fills him with desire - and determination: She will be his next mistress. But love is no game to Clarissa. She has suffered all her life from the choices her mother made, and vows that no child of hers will bear that shame. Irresistible force ... meet immovable object.